Nats broadcasters Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo are both expected to sign multiyear deals with MASN this offseason, keeping the duo together in Washington for at least a seventh and eighth season.
The two men, who have been paired since Santangelo joined the network as a color analyst before the 2011 season, will sign two-year deals, with a network option for a third. That’s a departure from the shorter deals under which they had previously worked. Sideline reporter Dan Kolko also signed a new deal with the network and will be back in 2017.
Carpenter has served as the team’s television play-by-play voice since 2006, while Kolko, a native Washingtonian, will be starting his fourth season in the sideline role.
The Nationals own a minority stake in MASN, although the two organizations have also engaged in protracted and bitter legal wrangling over the amount of rights fees the Nats receive.
Santangelo, who played for the organization when it was still in Montreal, said in an interview Wednesday that he had received a lengthier and more lucrative offer from another National League franchise this offseason. The Nationals and MASN then worked together to craft the new, longer deal, which they also offered to Carpenter. He and Santangelo will thus be on the same contract schedule moving forward.
Santangelo’s roots are in California, but he has been vocal about his love of the D.C. area, buying a home in Old Town Alexandria, rooting for the Caps and Redskins and Wizards, and living year-round in this area. He said he talked about the possibility of switching cities with his girlfriend, his college-aged kids and his parents, ultimately deciding that he didn’t want to leave.
“I plan on being here a long time,” he said. “I love what I do, I love where I do it and I don’t want to be anywhere else, ever. My ideal scenario is 30 years from now they put one of those statues of me outside the stadium and I ride off into the sunset. I feel like I’m part of the community. I live here, I drink beers with Nats fans, I go to Caps games, I go to Redskins games. I live here. I love what I do so much and I respect it so much that I actually moved 3,000 miles away, and I’m a part of it now.”
The MASN broadcast booth changed often in the franchise’s first few years, with virtually every season bringing a new face to one of those three roles. This is the first time the play-by-play voice, color analyst and sideline reporter will remain unchanged for a fourth straight season.
“I’ve gotten to call three division championships, three no-hitters; I’ve gotten to see a rookie of the year and an MVP,” Santangelo said. “It’s turned into a great baseball town, it really has. And the thought of leaving … the grass isn’t always greener. We have a good thing going.”